DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Karrie Webb drove down LPGA Boulevard with plenty of good vibes following close behind.
This is where it all began five years ago for the 25-year-old Australian, who earned her LPGA Tour card by finishing second in Q-school despite playing with a broken bone in her right wrist.
She won her biggest tournament at LPGA International, the Titleholders, as part of a sensational rookie season in which she won four times and became the first player in LPGA history to break the $1 million barrier.
She's back this week, and the stakes are twice as high.
With a victory in the season-ending Arch Wireless Championship, Webb can cap off a spectacular season by becoming the LPGA's first $2 million woman.
"That would be pretty cool because I was the first ever to make $1 million," she said Wednesday after a final tuneup on the new Legends Course. "If I don't, it won't be a huge disappointment. It's just a little extra incentive."
Just what the rest of the field needs.
In just four years on the LPGA Tour, Webb has become the most dominant player in women's golf.
Her 23 career victories, three majors, two Vare Trophy awards for lowest scoring average and one player of the year award have given her enough points for the LPGA Hall of Fame.
It is perhaps only fitting that her quest for $2 million comes down to the final tournament of the year. That's the way it was in 1996, when Webb already had surpassed her wildest dreams and then won the Tour Championship to finish the season at $1,002,000.
The difference is that the expectations are higher, but so is Webb's game.
"That first year, in some ways, it's more of an accomplishment than this year," Webb said. "I didn't know what to expect then and I just went with it. This year, my expectations were higher. I knew what could happen if I played well."
Something happened, all right.
She won her first three tournaments, then picked up her second straight major by winning the Nabisco Championship. She also added the top prize in women's golf by winning the U.S. Open, and posted the lowest 72-hole score of the year (265) in the Oldsmobile Classic.
Along with going over $2 million, a victory this week would be her eighth of the year, the most since Nancy Lopez won eight times in 1979.
"She is just such a dominant player," Juli Inkster said. "She always has a power swing, a great putt and a super short game. But most of all, she has such a desire to win. Even when she's not playing good, she can still pull off a good score."
But the Legends Course is a fresh start for everyone.
Unlike the Champions Course, where Webb had great success in Q-school and twice won the Titleholders, the Legends is a tight, winding walk through wetlands and pine trees that require careful study of the wind and hardly any mistakes off the tee.
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